Cirripectes hutchinsi Williams, 1988
Hutchins' blenny
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Family:  Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies), subfamily: Salariinae
Max. size:  10.6 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 22 m
Distribution:  Eastern Indian Ocean: known only from Western Australia (North West Cape southward to Rottnest Island).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 12-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-14; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 15-16; Vertebrae: 30-31. Diagnosis: Dorsal fin XII, 14, membrane attached to caudal fin, with deep notch above last spine, first spine almost same or slightly higher than second; anal fin II, 15; pectoral rays 15; pelvic fin I, 4; caudal fin procurrent rays 11-14. Vertebrae 10 + 20-21. LL, without scales and scalelike flaps; LL tubes 3-9 (usually 8-13), canal ends below posterior to 13h dorsal ray, usually on caudal-fin base. Upper lip crenulae 36-42. Gill rakers 23-29. Cephalic sensory pore system complex. Cirri, nuchal 35-42, nasal 8-93, supraorbital 12-29; 4 groups of nuchal cirri, each ventralmost group borne on slightly expanded nuchal flap. No pores at extra interorbital pore position. Geographic variation in color pattern exists in females; 2 color patterns in male may exist in the same geographic area; background color brown; yellow to orange iris (Ref. 529).
Biology:  Found in the surge zone in limestone holes just below the intertidal range. Common in areas where Pocillopora damicornis is present on the reefs (Ref. 529). Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive (Ref. 205), and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal (Ref. 94114). Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters (Ref. 94114).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 24 March 2009 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 11.06.91
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 03.02.14
Checked by: Williams, Jeffrey T. - 05.10.95

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